Royer R-101Item ID: R101
Passive Studio Ribbon Microphone with High SPL Handling
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Your Go-to Studio Ribbon Mic!NEWS: Royer Labs has been given a GRAMMY award for their outstanding ribbon mics! In the words of the Academy, these mics "were revolutionary and moved the art of recording forward."
Here's a ribbon mic that's built to take on practically any sound source in the room! Royer's amazing R-101 works well on everything from drums to acoustic guitars to loud amplifiers. You'll love the smooth "you are there" sound you get from the R-101. You'll also appreciate the peace of mind you get knowing that this ribbon mic is robust enough to handle all these sources, thanks to its high SPL handling (in excess of 135dB). A built-in multilayer windscreen helps protect the mic's ribbon element from plosives and wind damage. Put the remarkably affordable R-101 on an amp cab, a trumpet, a drum kit, or a piano, and you'll be a believer!
Royer R-101 Passive Ribbon Microphone Features at a Glance:
Royer's R-101 lets you put a premium ribbon mic on all of your studio sources!
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Rick, Gloucester, MA
Reviewsbased on 17 reviews
Incredible for the Money
by Tom from Missoula, MTI have been using this on guitar cabs and as a room mic for drums. I have been able to capture the growly rhythm tones better than ever before. I pair it with either a 57 or SM7, and it's so warm and ... read more [+]present. If you get a tone you like from your setup, this mic will capture it.
April 18, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Musician
As a room mic, I notice the spatial qualities with clarity much better than low-cost ribbons were providing. close [-]
Wow ! Again
by Michael S. Kinser from Portland, IndianaI wrote a review on this mic in August 2012, anwas blown away by how good it sounded on my guitar cabs and my Martin acoustic. I was in the studio yesterday tracking vocals for a new song I had writte... read more [+]n. I have a Mojave MA200 that I love on my voice and call me crazy, but I was looking for a diiferent kinda "flavor" for this song. I put the 101 on the stand sung acouple of lines and was stunned with how good it sounded. I ran it into a Cloudlifter CL2 and then to the mic input on a Harmony G-XT. I am impressed. As good as my MA200 ? Not so much a question of good or better, just different. Most important ? Gave me that "flavor" I was looking for close [-]
March 11, 2013
Music Background: Home Studio Recordist/Musician
Incredible Sounding Mic
by B! from Tucson, AzUnfortunately, I can ONLY give this mic 5 stars - as it is truly a 10! Not only is it built like a tank but it makes my Mesa Boogie and Marshall’s SOUND like they are meant to sound. Look, it’s sim... read more [+]ple – if you are on the fence, fall - no jump!! off and do it. If you think that $800 is too much and that you can get your sound with a $99 SM57 – I hear you, used 57 for years. But this truly is unlike anything you’ve ever heard – except on major label releases. I still use my 57, for live and blend off-axis sound with straight on Royer 101 sound. Just do it – do the 3 easy payment option, whatever it takes. You won’t regret your decision, and IF you do, you can return it – but you won’t you’ll get more! close [-]
October 22, 2012
Music Background: Producer, Guitar Player
by Michael Kinser from Portland, IndianaI have wanted this mic since it first came out. Saved my pennies and finally got one. I own a Mojave MA200 and love it, this mic is from the Royer side of the family. The R101 and the Shure SM57 were,... read more [+] in my opinion, made for each other. The 57 is the classic sound we all know and love and the R101 is the icing on the sonic cake. I put the R101 and the 57 on the 15" speaker in my Fender Excelsior amp..... lovely ! The 57 captured the high and mids, the R101 did the same and added a little bottom to the mix. I heard the stereo mix in the cans and was blown away. I could live very easy with just the R101, but the old workhorse 57 made the sound even better. Next I put them both on a 1965 Bassman 2x12 cab with the original Brown label Jensen speakers. Same results, amazing. Then put them both on my 1972 SF Deluxe Reverb, it has a 12" JBL MI speaker in it, again sweet sounds. Lastly, I sat the R101 up on my 1955 Martin D-28, OMG ! I could not believe how good that mic reproduced the sound of that old guitar. It didn't have the high end sparkle of my Miktek C-5, but it did capture how the guitar sounds to me when sitting in the studio playing it.I Could see using the R101 and the C-5 and the MA200 to get a nice layered rythmn bed of acoustic guitar. IMHO Royer hit it outta the park with this mic. If you own a SM57, the R101 is, IMO, it's perfect matr. close [-]
August 4, 2012
Music Background: Home Studio Recordist/Musician
My band used the Royer R-101 for a session this weekend on guitar amps and it worked excellent. For my trebly Vox tone, the R-101 helped tame the top end, while accentuating the midrange and lows perfectly. For the price, every studio should have at least one.
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